With the passing of the 21st amendment in 1933, the United States repealed alcohol prohibition. Prior to the prohibition era, saloons had catered to an almost exclusively male clientele. So it took several years for distillers and brewers to catch on to the fact that women enjoyed drinking alcohol, as well. The first successful spirits marketing campaign that targeted women, for Crown Royal whiskey, was in 1939 – with the velvety purple pouch apparently meant to double as a jewelry bag. Fast forward to 2017, where cannabis prohibition is beginning to crumble state-by-state. Like its liquid predecessor, the cannabis industry is still largely male-dominated. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to two women who are working to change all that. Andy Greenberg and Sharon Krinsky, are the founders of Society Jane, a cannabis business that targets women customers. We discuss the game-changing medicinal benefits of a relatively new cannabonoid derivative, CBD, how it appeals to a female market, and the challenges this burgeoning industry faces while prohibition is still technically the law of the land.
All of us have seen the explosion of hemp-based products – hemp seed oil and hemp clothing seem to be everywhere. But, up until now, all of these items have been imported into the US. Well, the ban on industrial hemp, a crop which, for some strange and suspicious reason got lumped in with its psychoactive cousin during this country’s anti-marijuana laws of the 1930s, finally looks to be ending.
Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio, author Doug Fine, tells host Alex Wise why this is such a promising development for both environmentalists and capitalists. Fine explores the long and fascinating history of hemp in America, a crop that was actually illegal not to grow in colonial days, and examines how industries are finding new and exciting ways to innovate with this hardy and practical plant.
When most people think about a controversy surrounding marijuana, they think about medicinal uses or outright legalization. But there’s also an environmental controversy. Would you be surprised to learn that indoor cannabis production is responsible for about 3% of all electricity use in the state of California? When you consider that a single industrial grow light uses about the same amount of electricity as 28 refrigerators, it starts to make sense.
Our first guest this week on Sea Change Radio is Scott Zeramby, a contributor to a recent study that documents the energy consumption associated with indoor cannabis growing. Mr. Zeramby discusses the forces responsible for the shift to indoor growing, and how the study makes a case to oppose this trend and instead let the grass grow where it’s greenest — outside.
After this high-minded discussion, host Alex Wise speaks with filmmaker Shaka King, whose debut feature film “Newlyweeds” depicts one young man’s complex relationship with marijuana. They talk about the problems that arise when you combine policies that criminalize cannabis and practices that unfairly target communities of color.
This week on Sea Change Radio, our California Election Special. All eyes are trained on the most populous state in the union as it votes on two separate measures with far-reaching environmental implications.
First we’ll explore Prop 19, the ballot measure that would provide for the control and regulation of marijuana – people have heard many of the arguments for legalization, but Sea Change Radio takes a sustainability perspective on the issue and talks with the bill’s sponsor Tom Ammiano and NORML Executive Director, Allen St. Pierre.
Next, Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise speaks with Van Jones, who has been active in the No on 23 campaign. Learn about Prop 23 and why so many in California are trying to stop Texas oil from determining the state’s climate future.